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George N. M.

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About George N. M.

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    Laramie, Wyoming
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    Blacksmthing, camping, hiking, historical reenactment

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  1. Chelonian: I think that you may be dealing with some sort of low carbon stainless steel. Low carbon, moderate to high chromium. It should take a really high polish well. Use it for something decorative like a knife guard of pommel. "By hammer and hand all arts do stand."
  2. Thomas: You'll have to perfect your bent over walk and cigar flicking. Also, watch out for descending ducks! "By hammer and hand all arts do stand."
  3. I like it. I wouldn't have thought that birch bark was tough enough for stacked handle material but how it wears over years of use will tell the tale. I do suggest that you find or make a rivet set for the end of your pommel. It would give a much more finished look to the peened over tang. "By hammer and hand all arts do stand."
  4. BK: The problem is that the equation is fairly simple when it involves yourself, when you decide whether the risk is worth the pleasure/reward. That is a personal decision which involves only yourself. (That's not strictly true since your own decisions affect others, your family, EMTs, doctors, your employer, etc.. None of us live in a vacuum. "No man is an island.") When you make decisions involving public health things like Covid-19 the equation has a lot more variables because it involves other people besides the individual. And because you don't have the true input on everyone else's value of the risk/benefit ratio it is very difficult to make a decision. A person may say that they value their pleasure or convenience more than the risk to other people but the other people are unlikely to agree with that analysis. Having a general rule is not ideal but it applies to everyone the same and takes the personal part of the analysis out of the equation. However, I do agree with you that local situations should be evaluated and taken into consideration. What is required in an urban area may not be necessary in a rural environment and vice versa. If everyone were coldly rational and had the same analytical skills and abilities things might work a lot better but, unfortunately, there are a lot of folk out there who are rationally impaired and make decisions, which may impact thee and me, which are based on emotion, politics, personal feelings at the moment, and an imperfect grasp of a situation. "By hammer and hand all arts do stand."
  5. Garrett, Unless you buy retail steel from a reputable steel supplier you will never know exactly what you have. Also, salvage yards do not know what kind of steel comes into their businesses. The best that you can do with scrap steel is to experiment with it and see how it hardens in various quenching media (oil, water, air, brine, etc.) and how it tempers. If I were to put in the amount of time and effort that it takes to make a decent sword I would first get very familiar with the steel I was going to use. I would probably make several smaller blades with it and see how it worked and how it held an edge. Automobile springs can be made out of some very odd alloys which heat treat in odd ways. I have had springs that would not harden no matter what I did. They went into the scrap pile. Life is too short to mess around with exotic alloy scrap. Also, and I hope you know this and just wrote it backwards, you harden steel first and then temper, not the other way around. "by hammer and hand all arts do stand." PS As I understand it 1095 and 5160 steels are pretty similar when it comes to blade making. At the end of the day you might not be able to tell the difference. And there is no guarantee that a car spring is either type.
  6. Dear Ben (I got that from your yahoo address in your profile),

    I thought that I'd mention that I was in Coupeville some years ago and thought that it was a neat little town.  One of my best friends who I've known for close to 45 years lives in Port Townsend, a guy named Varn Brooks.  My wife and I were planning a road trip to the Pacific NW with a stop in Port Townsend before the Covid-19 crisis hit.  Once this is all over we will probably try again.  If we can get it together I'll drop you a line and maybe we can have coffee or a beer.

    The only I Forge Iron member I've ever met in person is Thomas Powers and it would be nice to get memories of faces to go with the IFI handles.


    George Monsson

    :aramie, WY  

  7. I was thinking more of whether the hive colors would have any effect. Bee hives are traditionally white (or tan for woven hives) and I was wondering if the red and blue color scheme would have any effect. "By hammer and hand all arts do stand." Dear BGD, I can identify because I have been a procrastinator much of my life. About 10 or 15 years ago I went to a psychiatrist and was diagnosed with depression. Depression can manifest itself in that way. It doesn't necessarily mean being sad. He put me on anti-depressants (I don't recall the medication or dosage) and I was on it for several years. I gradually tapered off and while I can still have a tendency to put things off for no good reason it is much better knowing the cause. I wish someone had diagnosed this 50 years ago. However, there were no good long term anti-depressants until the '80s. So, I suggest that you may want to seek professional help, particularly if your employer's insurance will pay for it. It improved things for me. There is no shame in it. This is like having an infection or a cold or Covid-19. Hang in there, Bro. "By hammer and hand all arts do stand."
  8. Unfortunately, the idea of shaving your wife's head brings back some memories. When my late wife lost her hair because of chemo she and our son were staying in Denver (I was at work in Ft. Morgan) and it started to come out in clumps. They trimmed it very short, apparently laughing and saying, "Neither of us is drunk enough to be doing this." I finished the job with my beard trimmer the next day. It was sad because she had long brown hair below her shoulders. However, the chemo gave us another 4 years. Even after it grew out (much grayer) she kept it quite short in case we had to do it again. "By hammer and hand all arts do stand."
  9. The wooden spoked wheels on early automobiles were referred to as "artillery wheels.' This was apparently a reference to the heavy duty wooden wheels that were used on artillery pieces (with a few heavy artillery exceptions) through World War 1. Steel wheels for autos did not become common until the late 1920s - early 1930s and even then it was for more expensive models. "By hammer and hand all arts do stand."
  10. Scooter, don't take Marc seriously. He's a kidder "an' was jus' a funnin' ya." Also, since he is in the Southern Hemisphere the blood rushing to his head gives him a strange sense of humor (or humour to us his spelling). "By hammer and hand all arts do stand."
  11. It appears to me to be some sort of a come along. I have a very vague memory of once seeing something similar in a logging museum. That's all I've got. "By hammer and hand all arts do stand."
  12. I'm reaching into deep memory banks here but this may be an Old Garden Rose variety because it has just 2 layers of petals. Most of the modern hybrids have more layers of petals. My late wife would have probably been able to identify it more accurately with only a bit of research but that is beyond me and all her rose books still need to be unpacked. How it tastes will be the true test of how suitable this variety is or is not. Good luck to you and your bro. "By hammer and hand all arts do stand."
  13. Welshj: Tell your bro that a lot of the success in making things from rose petals is the variety of rose used. Not all roses are created equal. Probably the best, in my experience, is Rosa Gallica, aka the Apothecary Rose. (BTW this variety was also the Red Rose of Lancaster in the 15th Century) This is the variety that is used to make Attar (or essence) of Roses. Probably one of the worst or least good varieties of roses to use are the modern hybrid tea roses. Generally, the Old English Garden Roses work best although they can be hard to find, wild roses are OK, and modern varieties are the least successful. I believe that it has something to do with the volatile oils in each variety. Most modern roses have been bred for long blooming seasons, color, shape of blossom, and disease resistance and some of the other characteristics such as hardiness and volatile oils have been bred out. My late wife was a rosarian and I managed to pick up a fair amount from her. At our old house we had an impressive garden of Old English roses which looked great for about 3 weeks in early June and just green for the rest of the growing season. I don't know about the newer Knockout roses. Only experimentation would demonstrate their suitability for rose wine, rose water, etc.. "By hammer and hand all arts do stand."
  14. Whether heavy metals occur in coal clinkers is a function of where it was mined. Some mines may have more or less than others. It would depend on the source area for the non-organic sediment when the coal was being deposited and the geology since because some heavy metals can afix with carbon in secondary deposition. Many of the dinosaur bones found in Wyoming are HOT with secondary deposition of uranium. There is a small building near Como Bluff, WY which was built out of dinosaur bones and was once used as a rock shop. It cannot be occupied now because of the fact that one of the daughter elements from the decay of the uranium is radon gas. In general, IIRC, eastern US coals have a higher amount of heavy metals than western US coals because of longer time since deposition and possible greater depth of burial. "By hammer and hand all arts do stand."
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